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News For Friday 08/22/14


News for Friday 082214

By Dave Graichen

 

The city of Alexandria has been given an extension to pay a $1.3 million judgment ordered by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell has agreed to give the city until close of business Sept. 3 to make the payment to H. Craig Davidson for his legal work in the city's fraud lawsuit against Cleco. The City Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the payment at its meeting Sept. 2.

 

As of the close of business yesterday, five candidates have signed up to challenge US Representative Vance McAllister in the fifth Congressional District, one being Republican Zach Dasher, a businessman and nephew of “Duck Dynasty” TV star Phil Robertson. Dasher says if elected, he’ll do what the voters want. Support from the “Duck Dynasty” family helped McAllister get elected last year. This time, they are throwing their weight behind Dasher.

 

Today is the final day of qualifying for the upcoming November elections. So far, no surprises have popped up during the qualifying period. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says that’s because to run for political office today, you’ve got to lay the groundwork for your campaign early. In the 5th Congressional District race, incumbent Vance McAllister tells LaPolitics-dot-com that he’s put 400-thousands dollars of his own money in his campaign. That makes McAllister the official cash leader in the field. Cross says between McAllister’s kissing scandal and a large field of candidates, this race will definitely be interesting. Qualifying ends at 4:30 this afternoon.

 

To help ease the backlog of medical treatment of veterans, Congressman Charles Boustany from Lafayette announced yesterday that the VA will complete 2 southwest Louisiana clinics. The Lake Charles facility should be ready next summer, and the Lafayette Clinic, by the end of next year, or early 2016.

 

A Delegation of anti-Common Core state lawmakers are headed to Oklahoma today to hear how leaders there were able to successfully repeal the education standards. Among them will be Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann who says they’ll be meeting with legislators who passed bills that reassert state control over standards and tests. Geymann says they feel Common Core standards are a form of federal government intrusion into something that should be a state matter.

 

A committee seeking a new president to lead Northwestern State University has trimmed a field of 12 candidates down to four. The panel on Thursday met about four hours, including a lengthy executive session, before reaching a unanimous decision. It will meet again on campus the week of Sept. 9 to interview the four and again thin the field, probably to two. The entire University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors will vote at a special meeting Sept. 23 on the finalists to determine who will replace Randall Webb, who holds the record for longevity as NSU president.

 

The Baton Rouge Police Department says the 5-year-old child who was taken to the hospital this week after allegedly being beaten by his father, died last night. Corporal Don Coppola says the dad, 36-year-old Varnell Day Jr., initially stated that the child had fallen off the bed but that story didn’t add up. He says initially Day was charged with attempted first degree murder. You can now drop the “Attempted” from that charge. The child was hospitalized suffering multiple brain bleeds, bruises in various stages of healing, contusions to the forehead, and malnourishment.

 

The member of Louisiana’s US House delegation that has most the clout, qualified for re-election today at the Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge. Republican Steve Scalise of Jefferson Parish is seeking his fourth term. Scalise was recently elected as the House Majority Whip.

 

Louisiana’s ACT scores were down slightly from last year. Louisiana student’s average score on the test is 19.2, compared to 19.5 last year. But State education officials say that more students are taking the college prep test which affects the average and more of them are scoring well enough to qualify for TOPS. The national average is a score of 21, while a perfect score for the test is 36.

 

The Shreveport Police Department says two men are behind bars for allegedly beating up a 91-year-old man after they tried to rob him of casino winnings. Corporal Marcus Hines says 39-year-old John Perkins and 60-year-old Gary Smith are each charged with second degree robbery. He says the elderly man was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Hines says the victim was able to injure one of his attackers during the incident.

 

Lottery scratch-off tickets seem to be more popular than ever.  The Louisiana Lottery is reporting an increase in the sale of scratch-off tickets which helped them add a near record amount of money to the state treasury this year.  Louisiana lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says lottery scratch-off sales grew by 10%. Chopin says over 161-million dollars was transferred to the state treasury for K-12 public education.  She says that figure is 1.4 million dollars more than last year and is the highest since 1993.

 

A week from today, many LSU fans will make their way to Houston for the season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers. For those Tiger supporters who still want to go, David Fletcher, executive director of the Advocare Texas Kickoff, says there’s still a handful of tickets left. Fletcher says even though the game is a thousand miles away from Wisconsin, they expect a large contingent of Badger fans to make the trip as well.

 

 


Local Events

 



Because Of The Times

January 20th - 22nd

Over 3,000 people will arrive in Alexandria from across America and the World for three days of spiritual inspiration, restoration, teaching and direction.

For Information Click Here

 


Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert

January 25th

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
2:30PM

Tango del Cielo
A program of music and dance with harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and tango and flamenco dancers.

Admission: 
$25 admission
Phone: 
(318) 442-9709

Cenla Fly Fishing Festival

January 24th

Kees Park Civic Center
2450 Hwy 28 East
Pineville, LA
9:00AM - 3:30PM

Come join fly fishers, kayak fishers, and other anglers in a free celebration of our favorite sport at the first-ever Cenla Fly Fishing Festival. Held at Kees Park Civic Center in Pineville, this family-oriented event features seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors, raffles, and more. Whether you're a veteran flyfisher or kayak angler, or wanting to learn about either, there's something for everyone.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318)793-5855

“Our Lady of Prompt Succor School will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25th at 11:30am in the Divine Providence Center located at 420 21st St., Alexandria.  The Open House will highlight the excellent education and exciting programs offered at OLPS School for Preschool-6th grade students of all religious denominations.

For More Info Call (318) 449-9073 ext. 209


Abendmusik Alexandria Music Series

February 5th

Hearn Stage at the Kress Theater
1102 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
6:00PM

Trio de Llano in Concert: A wind trio composed of NSU music faculty Dennette McDermott, Malena McLaren, and Douglas Bakenhus, Trio de Llano presents music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Piston, Shreveport-based composer Todd Gabriel, and others. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Admission: 
$10, cash bar, $5 appetizer plate
Phone: 
(318) 445-7705

Pineville Mardi Gras Parade

February 6th

Pineville, LA
5:30PM

Route: College Drive & Donahue Ferry-Main Street-Across the Jackson St. Bridge-Third Street

Phone: 
Madonna LeBlanc (318)449-5660

Taste of Mardi Gras

February 6th

Alexandria Riverfront Center
707 Second Street
Alexandria, LA
7:30PM

VIP seating at 6:30 pm general admission

at 7:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance at $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and younger.

They can be purchased at the following locations in Alexandria: - Atwoods Bakery - Critics Choice (both locations) - Alexandria Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reserved VIP Tables are also available in advance for $400, which includes reserved seating for eight, a complimentary bottle of champagne and early admittance at 6:30 p.m. and can be purchased at the Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB (318)442-9546, inquire@apacvb.org

Admission: 
$20 Adults, $10 Children ages 10 and younger, VIP tables $400 for table of 8
Phone: 
APACVB (318)442-9546 Nick Carrozza (318)729-6045

La. Political Museum Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Banquet

February 7th

Winnfield, LA
4:00PM
Admission: 
Reception Free; Banquet $75 per person
Phone: 
318-628-5928

St. James Concert Series

February 14th
St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray Street
Alexandria,
7:00PM

"That's Amore: Love in 17th Century Italy"
Italian for "heavenly harmony", Armonia Celeste brings the music of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras vividly to life using plucked-string period instruments.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318) 445-9845

Alexandria Mardi Gras Assoc.  22nd Annual Krewes Parade

February 15th

Alexandria, LA
2:00PM

 

 

 

 

 



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